Army Assignment Satisfaction Key ASK

ASK is a component within AKO. You must have an AKO account in order to be able to log-in to ASK. This system is where the wish list of future duty locations is housed. The soldier has the opportunity to choose three Army CONUS locations and three Army OCONUS locations. Two of the CONUS locations must be with divisional installations.

Within this system, the soldier can also indicate his or her interest in volunteering for special duty such as recruiting or drill instructor. They can also for volunteer for certain duty station assignments.

ASK will display orders for the soldier. Be aware that these are not official orders. Particularly during training, the duty location can change quite a bit. I’ve witnessed several Army wives and Army husbands get excited over a great first duty station (such as Hawaii) early in the training process only to have it change a few weeks later. Orders are not official until your Army soldier has paper orders in hand. And even then, technically, they can still be changed.

Do not, under any circumstances, move to a new location based on what you find in ASK. It is more likely than not that the duty location will change. Official orders will come soon enough so just try to be patient and wait for the official word before moving.

The soldier can log into AKO to access ASK.

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Stacey Abler
Stacey's husband joined the Army in 2003 and was medically retired after four deployments. She enjoys sharing her experiences and expertise around Army life while continuing to support Army spouses and families in their military journey.

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  1. So to get access to the ASK part you were talking about, does it have to be the actual soldier’s AKO account, because I have my own AKO account and they said it did not recgnize my ssn. I just need to find out how i can find the answers through ASK on my account. Thank you!

  2. You say that ASK can change at any time. How accurate is the date on ASK? For example. My husband is in training about to graduate in a week. He still hasnt got actual orders in his hand nor has he seen them. The Drill Sargents told them where they were going and then told them that none of them get to go home or get leave because they got christmas exodus. But on ASK it has his 2 weeks after graduating to report to his base. Would you think that would be accurate and that the DS are just being DS’s lol… or Should I believe that they say? I would just like a little relief or something.

  3. I agree with Stacey, regardless of what DS says, and what ASK says, untill you have orders in-hand. Nothing is set in stone.

  4. I cant access the ASK key anymore. I had my husband try as well, and says access denied error 403. We waited a month and still. Has the ASK link been disabled? Is there another way, or could it be this system is down? He said he will try with his CAC card to see is it resolves this issue. Today is January 2012…wondering if we need to alter our security capability or need something else…frustrated. Thanks for your help 🙂

    1. Thank you Stacey. Thats the link I have tried already and also through AKO. It did work when my husband used his CAC card, so Im assuming they changed the security on it.

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